quinta-feira, 17 de julho de 2008

Thundertree - Thundertree (1970 USA Psych Rock)


O TECLADISTA JOHN MIESEN APÓS O TÉRMINO DA BANDA "GOOD IDEA" FORMOU ESTA NOVA BANDA CHAMADA THUNDERTREE QUE GRAVOU ESTE BOM ALBUM DE ROCK PSYCH COM PEQUENAS PITADAS PROGRESSIVAS!! VENENO RARO E RECOMENDÁVEL!!

Thundertree - Thundertree CD. "When the band The Good Idea disintegrated in 1969, organist John Miesen landed a deal with Roulette on the basis of an unreleased The Good Idea track which he later explored with Thundertree. Thundertree, whose members hailed from Minneapolis, was formed by Miesen and vocalist/guitarist Bill Hallquist to exploit the former's fortuitous Roulette contract. The band managed only one eponymous album for Roulette (SR-42038) which appeared in 1970, but a combination of psychedelia and progressivism turned a highly-experimental album into an increasingly hard to find collectable. The emphasis is very much on psych guitar and organ, and generally the album bristles with new ideas and innovation. Strangely, given that most of the band's songs were written by Miesen, he has disappeared without trace, while Hallquist went on to record two solo albums under the name of Persephone Billy, both of which, with their pleasant, dreamy folk-rock style, have become minor collectables in their own right."

Info:
A Minneapolis band whose album transgresses psychedelia and progressivism. It's now becoming a minor collectable and is harder to find. The medley on Side Two is full of variety and interest but the highlights are the opening cut, Head Embers, which has lots of good guitar work and the mildly psychedelic, At The Top Of The Stairs. There are a few awful tracks, but there are lots of ideas on this album and if you're into psychedelic guitar and keyboards this is one for you.

The band evolved out of The Good Idea. When that band had split in 1969, John Miesen landed a deal with Roulette on the basis of an unreleased The Good Idea track, 12:25, which was used for one side of the Thundertree album. Bill Hallquist later recorded two solo albums. The first under the name of Billy, Persephone (Orion 20510) 1972, although he's more often referred to as Persephone Billy, due to a typographical error on the sleeve. On this he was helped out by, amongst others, Rick Lia Braaten (also ex-Thundertree). The album, which is pretty rare and sought-after, consists of pleasant, dreamy folk-rock and comes in a striking black and white cover. After a second, Travelin' (Mill City) 1976, Bill Hallquist did some session work including Kevin Odegaard's Silver Lining album. (Kevin, in turn played on one of the songs on Dylan's Blood On The Tracks). Bill:- "In 1976 Kevin and I played together in The K.O. Band. Our drummer later became a member of Prince and The Revolution (Bobby Z), and guitar player (Jeff Dayton) currently plays with Glen Campbell. After that I played with a folk trio Macavity with Tim Sparks (Rio Nido), followed by a bar band Cimarron. Later, I wrote/produced radio jingles before becoming Director of Marketing at K-tel here in the U.S. I am still active musically as a songwriter and as a member of Perfectly Loud. The K.O. band did a reunion gig on Sept. 1st, 2000 at a club here in Mpls./St. Paul".

Track Listings
1. Head Embers
2. At the Top of the Stairs
3. Summertime Children
4. In the Morning
5. Dusty Road
6. Alone Am I
7. Softly
8. I Travel Along
9. Not Well Liked
10. With a Tailored Image
11. Sun Is Shinin' for Me
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